Many people have a preconceived notion about which age someone is to begin taking guitar lessons, piano lessons, voice lessons, and other instruments. Minimum age recommendations are based on general observations and for the most part should be adhered to. There is no such thing as maximum age requirements when wanting to learn a musical instrument or voice. If you know you are too busy to dedicate any amount of time to practicing then it wouldn’t be that great of a decision to take music lessons. Typically people take 1 lesson per week to learn new material and establish practice goals with their music instructor. Adults of any age can make substantial progress by practicing every day for as little as 10 minutes. Certainly more time practicing is better but overall it’s better to have goals that are realistic for you to achieve. If you say you’re going to practice for 1 hour per day and stick to it then it is a good choice and you should keep it up. The results will be clear to you and your music teacher. Whatever you decide as far as daily practice time, be sure to first examine your typical day and decide when would be the most ideal time to practice. There is no inherently bad time to practice but obviously individual situations will differ. If you are playing tube, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet or other brass and woodwinds, then you will most likely have to practice when nobody else is home. Your neighbors might get a little upset if you’re practicing a loud instrument that can be heard outside the house. Practicing with all doors and windows closed will drop the decibels significantly. If you’re a drummer then it’s smart to practice on an electronic drum kit or to use mufflers for each drum head. Electronic drums are great for controlling volume easily by wearing head phones or just keeping the amplifier volume low. Electric guitar players and electric bass players can also easily control the volume on their amplifiers. Piano players and acoustic guitar players will have to control their own volume with their playing. Whichever instrument you play and whatever time or place you practice, make sure that your instrument is always accessible. Don’t stuff it in the case and put it deep in your closet somewhere. Keep it with you or near you and play it whenever you get the chance. It’s not too late to take music lessons and be successful. It’s just a matter of taking the time to do it!
Grosse Pointe Music Academy Staff
Grosse Pointe Music Academy offers:
Guitar Lessons, Piano Lessons, Drum Lessons, Voice Lessons, Violin Lessons, Flute Lessons, Saxophone Lessons, Clarinet Lessons
Guitar Ensemble Classes, Rock Band classes, Music Together classes, Songwriting Classes
17012 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Park, MI
5880 N. Canton Center Rd.
I’ve always regretted not sticking with piano lessons when I was a kid. Sometimes it’s hard to be inspired to be creative as an adult. What else am I going to do with my free time? What TV? Music lessons would probably be more enjoyable. Thanks for the inspiration! Maybe instead of piano I’ll take up guitar.
Guitar is a very popular instrument for beginners as well as other musicians. I would recommend finding something nice to play and don’t just settle for something cheap. Players with instruments that don’t fit them well or don’t play well often get discouraged and quit. Good luck and you are very welcome for the inspiration!
Sounds like I know what I will be doing with my retirement! Old farts can take music lessons too.
Yes that’s correct. Old farts can certainly take music lessons. Obviously you would have loved to already know how to play but learning is the journey and the journey can be a lot of fun with a good mindset. We have lot’s of great teachers who are all willing to work with people regardless of their age and experience.